What a joy to enjoy your garden in fine weather and eat on your terrace with friends or family. This special moment is sometimes spoiled by the incessant back and forth of wasps circling around glasses and plates. What to do in the presence of a wasps nest in proximity ? And what are the errors not to commit? Our advices.
Search for wasp nests
If you are often bothered by wasps, it is possible that a nest is in your dwelling or in your garden. Its proximity may represent a risk of bites for the whole family and your pets. To spot the swarm, you will have to observe the hymenoptera back and forth and follow them to their starting point. Their nest can be found in various places :
- On the roof of a building (house, garden shed, etc.);
- Under the roof (attics, attics, frames, ceiling, etc.);
- In the frame of a window and shutters;
- Under furniture (garden table, letter box, etc.);
- Inside a chimney flue;
- Under a gutter;
- In a tree ;
- In earth or sand.
Wasps nest: when to intervene?
Handle a nest in activity represents a danger. It is therefore strongly recommended to wait until the wasps are resting. night or at dawn to operate. About the season conducive, you should know that the death of wasps in winter is a natural phenomenon and that only some females fertilized survive in cold weather. These begin building a nest in the fall in order to hibernate, lay their eggs and become queens of a new colony. If you want to safely remove a bee-eater, then it is best to act in winter when no movement is observed around the nest.
What to do in the presence of a wasp nest?
Whether you want to destroy the wasp swarm or preserve it, several solutions are available to you:
- Wait for the natural destruction. A bee-eater is never reused from one season to the next. Therefore, it will not house a new colony the following year. Since cold and inclement weather destroy the nest, you can wait until the nature take care of it;
- Remove the bee-eater oneself. As seen previously, it is advisable to act in winter. You must then dress in such a way as to avoid any risk of being bitten: put on gloves, long clothing, a mask and glasses. No wasp should be able to slip under your breastplate. Carefully remove the nest, making sure to scrape the parts adhering to the walls (wall, tree, roof, etc.). Place everything in a bag, close well and throw it in a trash can located a good distance from your house;
- Use an insecticide. Remember to cover yourself from head to toe and intervene when the wasps are at rest, at night or very early in the morning. Get yourself a aerosol insecticide for wasp nest in a garden center type business (count on average about twenty euros). Spray directly on the nest and leave to act as indicated by the manufacturer (generally 12 hours). Check the effects of the product: if the wasps are still spinning, repeat the operation the following evening;
- Call a professional. If a member of your family is allergic to wasp stings or if the nest is difficult to access (behind a wall or on the roof for example), it will become necessary to seek a specialized company in disinsection. Your interlocutor will come to your home, then intervene in the most appropriate way depending on the size of the bee-eater and its location. The service costs between 80 and 150 € depending on the conditions of access to the nest;
- Keep wasps away. There are several tips to scare away insects or keep them away. You can start a fire under the nest and the smoke will dislodge them. This action should only be taken if the bee-eater is small and is located in a location secured. Take advantage of the departure of the hymenoptera to unhook the swarm and throw it in the trash. You can also make a trap using a plastic bottle into which you will pour a syrup. Attracted by the sweet smell, the wasps will fit into the container and will not be able to come out.
Wasps’ nest: what not to do
If you are thinking of getting rid of wasps, there are errors not to do:
- Approach the nest in day when wasps are active;
- Do not cover your body completely;
- Steer a flashlight on the nest (the light will wake up its occupants);
- Throw the nest in a place hot and near his home. Some wasps that appear dead may regain their energy and sting;
- Burn the nest. Composed of a mixture of chewed wood and saliva, a bee-eater is very flammable. Setting the fire could start a fire;
- Destroy the nest with a stick. Removing the bee-eater must be done in peace. Using a tool to destroy it will irritate the wasps and encourage them to sting;
- Gesticulate in the presence of wasps. The more you move, the more you excite them and cause a risk of sting;
- Call them firefighters. This solution should be chosen as a last resort. In some regions, the firefighters still agree to intervene free of charge, but in others, the intervention will be paid. Barracks also refuse to move. Given the many missions incumbent on firefighters, the destruction of your nest will not be dealt with immediately.
Living with wasps
Although its presence is often untimely, the wasp plays an important role in theecosystem by eliminating harmful insects. On the other hand, it contributes to pollination. As far as possible, it is advisable to cohabit with it and to wait for the winter until the rain and the wind are responsible for destroying its nest.